This wall mural, located at the First Street Green Art Park, in NYC’s east village pays tribute to the late firefighter and street artist Jef Campion, aka Army of One.
Explanatory Tag by Fumero
Army of One Mural Detail
Two of Campion’s signature images are featured on the mural. One is the very recognizabe Bride of Frankenstein, while another is Grenade Boy, which Campion appropriated from Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. (1962), possibly the most famous photograph by Diane Arbus. Suffering from PTSD, along with the physical affects of having been a 9/11 first responder, Jef Campion took his own life in January of 2014, at the age of just 52. RIP.
All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail
While some purists may argue that the actual streets provide all the gallery space that street art needs, one venue in the East Village, Dorian Grey Gallery has become the go-to space for formal exhibits by some of the most popular names in the movement.
Currently, Dorian Grey is hosting Street Artists Unite, an unprecedented set of collaborations featuring Hank O’Neal (aka XCIA)’s oversized photographs of classic street art compositions in collaboration with 13 artists including Army of One, AV ONE, BTA, COPE2, CRASH, ENX, Fumero, Kid Lew, Screwtape, SEE One, Chris Stain, Robots Will Kill and TMNK (The Me Nobody Knows). If you’re even a casual fan of street art you will recognize most of the iconic images in these works, many of which we saw plastered on mail boxes, fire hydrants and convenient doorways during our 10 minute walk to the gallery from East 14th Street!
This past Wednesday’s opening reception became quite the scene as fans and artists alike flooded the gallery and the sidewalks outside to socialize and enjoy a common interest. If you’ve not yet been to an exhibit at Dorian Grey, consider Street Artists Unite to be your open invitation to check it out.
Street Artists Unite will be on Exhibit through August 5th, 2012 at Dorian Grey Gallery, Located at 437 East 9th Street, just West of Avenue A, NYC. (NOTE: The Doran Grey Gallery Has Now Closed for Good.)